Tooth loss is so common that more than 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Having missing teeth can take a toll on your self-esteem, ability to eat and speak, and overall health. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious consequences such as bone loss or oral infection.
For patients missing a tooth or a few, Dr. Thomas can use dental implants to restore the appearance and function of your smile. Discover how you can benefit from dental implants.
Get a New, More Beautiful Smile
Dental implants are a permanent, natural-looking solution for restoring missing or damaged teeth. With our innovative CEREC® system, dental implants are customized to perfectly blend in with your natural smile.
This restorative solution replaces missing teeth from the root to the crown. The implant attachment acts as your tooth’s root to secure the restoration. The implant fuses with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration to establish a strong foundation for the prosthetic tooth.
Compared to other treatments, there are a range of benefits to dental implants, such as:
- Improves physical appearance
- Restores jawbone density
- Increases comfort and convenience
- Enhances ability to chew easily
Single & Multi-Tooth Replacement
Our Vero Beach dentists can replace either a single tooth or multiple neighboring teeth with dental implants that restore your smile from root to crown. They’re made of biocompatible titanium, designed to provide lasting support for new, stunning crown.
Dental implants give you the confidence to smile again knowing that your teeth look and feel completely natural.
Unlike conventional tooth loss solutions that rely on neighboring teeth or adhesives to stay in place, our implant-supported bridges are directly anchored to the jaw. They’re a stable, comfortable, and effective tooth loss solution that lets you talk with ease and eat all your favorite foods again.
Implant-supported overdentures offer the full benefits of dental implants with the convenience and affordability of traditional dentures. Since they’re removable, they’re simple to clean and maintain. In many cases, we can even convert your existing dentures to streamline your entire dental implant journey.
Dr. Thomas Can Restore Your Smile
Dental implants are a lasting, seamless-looking way to restore damaged or missing teeth. To learn more, contact our Vero Beach practice at 954-793-4388 or fill out a contact form below. Our team is eager to get your started on your journey to a stunning new smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the dental implant procedure work?
Dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, replacing the roots of the teeth that are missing. The implant is made out of titanium, allowing it to fuse naturally with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
The artificial root then allows Dr. Thomas to secure your choice of restoration so they feel comfortable and seamlessly blend in with your surrounding teeth. There are several types of dental implants available to you and each surgery will be performed in accordance with the specific treatment plan that you choose.
What is osseointegration?
Osseointegration is the process of your titanium implant fixture fusing with your jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. This is the key to success for your dental implant, as it stimulates healthy bone growth in your jaw and allows your restoration to function like a natural tooth. By keeping your jawbone strong, dental implants also help to preserve your facial appearance and prevent your surrounding teeth from shifting.
Are there any side effects to getting a dental implant?
Since dental implants require surgery, there can be minor side effects, such as:
- Swelling of the gums
- Pain at the implant site
- Swelling of the face
These side effects are often mild and improve quickly – in fact, most patients report little to no discomfort. If necessary, Dr. Thomas may prescribe antibiotics or pain medications to provide relief.